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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 987
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 24
Gots: 75 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-10-2002

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Ratings: 987 | Reviews: 519
Photo of OStrungT
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I smell grains of paridise, and coriander. Lemon peel is also present. It has a citrus aroma. A slight grainy aroma is also present.

This beer tastes grainy. I taste some citrus flavors. Lemon, and orange flavors. It tastes quite sweet also. Some spice flavor is also present.

This full bodied beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy, citrus like aftertaste. It is crisp and refreshing.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. It is a little strong, but it tastes good. The flavor might become a little overbearing after a while though.

Overall: This beer is good, but not anything exceptional. Just ordinary. I would drink it again.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange with a snow white head that went away in about 40 seconds. Smell is sweet malt, a little bit of candied fruit, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is the smell, amplified. Especially the sweetness. For what this is, and considering I don't really care much for this style, this is a fantastic representation of the style, and just a good beer all the way around. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, while a little thick and heavy. Drinkability is down a bit due to the strength and the weight of the beer. Overall, I was impressed. I'd buy this again.

Photo of yelterdow
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at just over fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance- The beer glows a cloudy, banana amber color, supporting a two-finger bone white head on a good pour. The soapy crown recedes sporadically, unevenly with all different size bubbles. It comes back to life with a good swirl... light to moderate lacing is left behind.

Smell- *Huge* Belgian candi sugar and Styrian hop aromas first, creating a very fruity and pleasant nose. Sweet and a bit heavy initially... mellowing nicely as the beer comes to temperature. Notes of vanilla and spices eventually come through, along with a faint hint of the alcohol.

Taste- A creamy, fruity palate with a nice hop bite. Extremely good flavor, balance, and complexity.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick, creamy, buttery, coating, and mouth-filling are the words that come to mind. All similar in description, and all apply with their subtle differences. Wine-like in its grace and deep, complex character. Big and warming in the belly. Glad to have tried it.

Photo of beerogre
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the second time I've tried Avery Salvation, and I have to say that it is every bit as good as I remembered it from the first occasion.

I normally like to try something new when I go the beer store and these days, with the much improved availability of craft beer in this part of Central Florida, that is always a possibility. So it speaks volumes for this beer that I opted to sample it again, so soon after my first encounter with it, when there were plenty of other tempting, untried offerings on the shelves.

Normally appearance is not something that is going to make or break a beer for me and I considered it to be the least important amongst the evaluation categories, but I must say that the clean, clear amber presentation is worthy of top marks, being more striking than any other beer in recent memory.

This beer drinks so well it's hard to believe that it's 9% abv - It reminds me of some the golden ales I used to drink all night back in England and they would probably be about 3.8%.

I feel I could drink this all night as well, at least until I fell under the table after dancing around with my underpants on my head.

Yes indeed - yet another winner from Avery, who are seriously working their way into contention of becoming my favourite brewery. For me, this is definitely one of those Desert Island beers, oft discussed and nominated in the forum.

Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served into a St Bernardus chalice. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a moderate head, not much lacing. Lots of hops in the nose, mainly grassy, grapefruity, with some crackerish malt. Flavor comes with a big malt taste, followed by high bitterness (tasting citrusy, lemongass-like), fruitiness that reminds me of plums, and a medicinal note of fusel alcohols. Big bodied, perhaps a bit oversubstantial for the style.

A decent enough Belgian golden.

Photo of MusicalBeers
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer starts out great... lusty caramel color, thick lacy head, aroma of honey, nutmeg, coriander and maybe some peach in there. Advertised as a Belgian-Style Golden Ale, from looks and smell alone it starts out as good as any of the actual Belgian pale ales have tried.

Malts are immediately apparent in the aroma and the intial taste, with the hoppiness coming later. It's a nice balance there, but this beer doesn't live up to its initial potential. The taste starts out faintly sweet, with tangs of honey again and cloves but is fairly generic for the style. It finishes with a clovey bitterness and is somewhat acidic - the alcohol and hoppiness rushing in maybe too late to the party. I tended to want to keep drinking this one to avoid the bitter finish (good sales technique perhaps?), but in doing that it seemed somewhat watered down due to the lack of flavor, especially for 9% ABV.

This is still a wonderful brew for the smell and balance alone, but as a Belgian pale ale is pretty much my favorite style in the summer months I'm probably more critical than most with this style. I'll probably pick this one up again, if only to break up my usual Rare Vos or La Fin du Monde.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into the glass a hazy rich caramel color. The head is a finger and a half of off-white dense fluffy foam. The lacing is thick and hang around for the long haul.
Smell is alcohol and burning bacon? Oh Crap, I'll be right back...at least there was no structural damage.
Smell is spicy (could be the hops, could be the alcohol), sweet malts, an undefined fruitness, molasses and ethanol. As it warm the fruitiness becomes pineapple (you read it here first!).
Overall, I actually enjoyed this one. They claim the ingredients are Belgian, it's an American version of a Belgian. I won't complain.
Drinkability? I know what the ABV is, but I could still drink this like a fratboy. So drinkable? Hell yes.

Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden yellow body with a small white head.

Nose was a mix of fresh grain, tropical fruits, pears, soft apple juice, phenols, yeast and alcohol.

Taste is tart and very natural lambic like at first. Alcohol, yeast, husks, grain and coconut. A seriously deceptive body at 9%. There's a slight numbing bitterness with a slight minty hop taste and alcohol bite in the finish.

Better as it warms but overall a decent american version of a Belgian golden.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautifully crystal clear golden orange color in the glass. White head is smallish when agressively poured and melts to a fine ring of lacing around the edge of the glass.
Aromas of begium candy sugar and sight soft citrus fruits Oranges, tangerines, a little lemon.
Taste is light and pleasing for a strong ale. Belgium sweet malt and candied sugar, a touch of citrus.
Aftertaste is slightly sticky from the sugars and bitter from lemony, grapefruit peel hops. The sugar and citrus seem to stay in your mouth for a long time. Not drying at all really.
Mouthfeel is adequately thick from carbonation and maybe a little too thick from sugar and malts.
Overall, a wonderful example of this style done by an American brewer. Lighter and much less complex than better Belgium counterparts but sometimes that might be what you are looking for.
Pretty bottle and label, too.

Photo of Fugazme
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey/straw color... very nice clarity with a 1/2" white head that settles to a good cap with excellent lacing... Decent legs on the swirl...

Aroma is sweet and subtley hoppy... a touch of coriander and peach... a little caramel and alcohol.

Very smooth/creamy on the palate... some luscious pear and peach flavors... bit of alcohol, malt... quite sweet with a nice hop background.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber, left less than a one finger head with good retention, not much lacing. Body was an orange amber.

Smell - bready malt, some citrus and pine hops, esters, bananas, and caramel, some sugar.

Taste - bready and toasty malt, hops of citrus and pine, some bananas, and caramel, faint sugar.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, well hidden abv.

Drinkability - goes down well and is good, high abv limits it to one in any given session.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Salvation is a bright golden orange with a creamy, medium-sized head. Carbonation is mild. The aroma is very strong. Citrus and spice smells burst out alongside an underlying candi sugar sweetness. Taste is very spicy with plenty of citrus flavors. The spice flavors are very peppery and are aided by an edge of hop flavor. An underlying sugary sweetness keeps the other flavors from a total domination of the palate. A touch of alcohol is noted in the finish. I found this to be excellent, the strong spice and citrus flavors really won me over, and the layering of flavors was pretty awesome as well. Highly recommended.

Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brew....peach colored....nose is malty rich...some honey and vanilla on the aroma..

Taste is much more peppery and spicy though...still some honey maltiness...a touch of tropical fruits...but the pepper/spicy notes lead the way.

Body is full..carbonation about right..

Overall...quite a tasty brew...I would buy this one again...Avery did well with this..

Photo of acrawf6
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy orangish amber with small white head, though i tried pouring it hard.

Smell. initial reaction was a nutty aroma. but then i get a yeasty smell. syrupy sweetness to it.

Taste. This one tastes just slightly oxidized, but still ok. Heavy yeast and an initial maltiness that i would usually think of in an english barleywine. There is a sweetness, but too much. small fruitiness to it, peaches is what sticks out for me the most. aftertaste is dryer and warming to the mouth.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. good amount of carbonation, pretty good balance.

Overall, i like it, but dont love it. It's quite drinkable though being at 9%. A good beer to enjoy, but i wouldnt exactly bring this one over to Belgium to show off what we have been doing.

Photo of kkipple
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large goblet. Looks pretty -- amber straw color, large frothy head, hazy and very bubbly. Good head retention.

Smell is clean: Belgian yeast, citrus, hops, and a vague spiciness.

Taste is good too. Light malts, lemon, hops, and that clovey spice flavor present in a lot of Belgian ales. Hints of apple cider. Goes down smoothly and leaves a tangy, dry finish. Pretty darn drinkable, 9% notwithstanding.

This beer didn't knock my socks off, but it's a very solid brew and a nice example of the style. Glad I tried it.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a small head that leaves very nice lacing. Very little carbonation beneath the surface.

Aroma was a little weak in my opinion. Not a whole lot of anything there. SOme sweetness, some spiciness, and even some fruitiness, but nothing particularly outstanding or noteworthy.

Taste was okay. Weird kind of earthiness and dirt taste to it. Some very nice hop bitterness to it saves this beer a bit. Good spiciness with some corriander and pepper and red pepper. Actually quite spicy. Enjoyable.

Spicy mouthfeel all around. I liked the spiciness to it. Full bodied.

Photo of danielharper
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade with frich29.

A: Dark orange-yellow, cloudy and opaque. Thick head at first but this dissipates after a couple of moments.

S: Strong aroma of oranges, slight Belgian funkiness. A touch of... chocolate-covered cherries? Nice.

T: Nice orange flavor, again with the Belgian funk, with a nicely astringent aftertaste. Alcohol present but not overwhelming.

M: Thick, highly-carbonated. Coats the tongue nicely.

D: Not bad at all for a style that I'm not always a huge fan of. Straight 4's for me.

Photo of scottoale
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the gold-foil capped, 22oz brown glass bomber pours a slightly cloudy, honey-amber colored ale with a inch of frothy, short lasting head. Good carbonation and nice lacing with this one.

Sweet malt nose with trailings of honey, tobacco, hops and alcohol. It smells fairly sweet but tasty, rich earthy malt is the dominant element in the aroma.

The taste is almost a direct reflection of it's smell with the exception of a nice black tea flavor and the hops seem placid in their surrounding in that their bitterness gets tamped down by the candy sugar and malt sweetness. Not quite balanced to my liking, also considering the style as given. It is quite tasty for the most part...no difficulty making this ale disappear as I write this, that's for sure.

Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel about it, decent warming in the alcohol dept...I wouldn't put Salvation away like I do the SN Bigfoot, however, I would definitely drink one again in the future...Enjoy !

Photo of mentor
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by the brewery and consumed three days after bottling. Pouors a half-finger white head that settles to a thin layer. The liquid is crystal clear and brilliant orange (somewhat peach colored). Smells of oranges, coriander, belgian candy sweet, and blegian yeast funky phenolic. A bit grassy, like from hops, too. Tastes citrusy hoppy mixed with belgian funky. Whoa, a combination I've never had before. The combination of the two is quite interesting. Other flavors I get are caramel (mild) apricot and peach. This beer is smooth creamy malt. Dry stingy finish. The aftertaste is cherry and iron. Md-thick body and modestly carbonated. Judged to style (supose to have a huge billowy head).

Photo of beermanbrian
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden color with some amber red hints. Head is very dissapointing and almost non-existent. No lacing to redeem the thin head. Nice carbonation stream from the base of the Chimay chalace. Smell is very mild, some yeast notes and some appricot fruit notes but nothing special. Taste is somewhat bland. A little bit of spicyness but just not much to talk about. The beer is just very average at best. Noticable alcohol finish completes the underwhelming experience. Overall a big disspointment and not something I will seek out again.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy, but i dont know why, there is know carbonation or sediment, a straw/amber color with a thick 2 finger white head

S - wow, pretty spicy, like ginger or clove, a second whiff produces a buttery spicy aroma

T - hoppy at first, rather hoppy, then a strong spicy, gingery finish, no yeasty finish that i expected

M - rather good, well balanced a gret brew

D - high, a good beer, great job, good balance of bitter and spiciness

Photo of BadBadger
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This relatively nice ale pours a nice pale amber color. The white head is a good size but does not last long at all. The head does return with a gentle swirl (and swirling can be addictive fun). The smell is slightly fruity, with apples coming to mind. This fruity smell seems to be a bit distinct from the hint of alcohol also coming through. The taste affects the taste bud located on both the palate and the tongue a bit differently. The taste on soft-palate is very nice: a light at fruity flavor being carried with the carbonation. The tongue is another matter: a rather stickyand unpleasant feel and strongly alcohol taste. Average out this is a nice beverage but not one that I can recommend searching out. There are significantly better offerings out there for this variety.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see American breweries creating great Belgian Style beers. Avery doesn't quite get it right this time round. A strong straw, almost golden color with a light haze and good head retention. Smells very fruit (peaches and pears) and lightly peppery with a promise of heated alcohol. Flavors of peaches, pears, mangos, pineapples,.... along with spicy Belgian sugars attribute to high alcohols (too much for the style) and a bite-ey, almost husk-ey bitterness in the throat. Finishes sweet, dry, and a bit too hot and fusal. Still too good of flavors to allow the flaws to ruin the beer. I will drink again.

Photo of Crosling
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange. Very nice aroma of ripe, dripping apricots, citrus fruits, sweet malt and sugars. Sugary as hell in the flavor yet not cloying. Big, bursting fruity flavor with notes of tangerine, apricot, grapefruit and orange. Medium bodied but silky and smooth. A delightful beer.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color that's slightly clouded with bubbles of carbonation rising constantly. Large white head that leaves thin spotty lacing.

Belgian yeast smell up front. Some weizen lemon smell mixed in there.

Sweet yeast flavor with some wheaty taste mixed in there and lots of citrusy fruit.

Great full feel that's crisp and refreshing. I would love to have this beer more often.

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.